Students excel in Herald School Newspaper Comp

Young writers, photographers and even cartoonists from Catholic schools have distinguished themselves in the 2012 Newcastle Herald School Newspaper Competition awards.

Students excel in Herald School Newspaper Comp

This annual competition, co-sponsored by the Newcastle Permanent Building Society, asks teams to create a two-page newspaper entry which must include stories, photographs, an editorial, a cartoon and an advertisement. Students from 94 public and independent schools across the region participated and a number of schools from the diocese excelled, showing creativity and professionalism in their work.


Special mention should go to Our Lady of Lourdes, Tarro, which saw three students collect awards. Ryan Hicks and Mikayla Rodwell won the Primary school news story award, while John Leao (pictured above, with Mikayla) was named Primary young writer of the year. The school also received a commendation for best primary school newspaper. Kate Slowey, from San Clemente High School in Mayfield won “Best High school editorial” which also helped San Clemente receive a commendation in the “Best high school newspaper” category.


A full list of winners from the diocese can be seen below. Photographs and a video can be viewed on the Newcastle Herald website.


The diocese congratulates all students from our schools who participated in the competition.



Special Achievement

St Dominic’s Centre Mayfield for the hearing impaired. 


Primary school cartoon

Highly commended: Emily Hill, St James Kotara South.


Primary school news story

Winner: Ryan Hicks and Mikayla Rodwell, Our Lady of Lourdes Tarro. 


High school editorial

Winner: Kate Slowey, San Clemente High School 


Primary young writer of the year

Highly commended: Dominic Leaver, Olivia Newton and Clodagh Bray, St Joseph’s Denman, Isabella Hawke, Holy Spirit Primary Kurri Kurri.

Winner: John Leao, Our Lady of Lourdes Tarro.


Best primary school newspaper

Highly commended: Our Lady of Lourdes Tarro.


Best high school newspaper

Highly commended: San Clemente High School, Mayfield.

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